Disabled Body, Able Soul

Last weekend, her mom was not able to take care of her, so she stayed with my family. The time spent with her is always a great trial of patience. I found myself constantly failing to remind myself that she does in fact have a mental disorder, and her actions are justified in the eyes of God. I would snap at her and gossip about her to my family members, who felt the same way.

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How to Slap Shame in the Face

Editor’s Note: The author of this blog has asked to remain anonymous. “Guilt is feeling bad about what you’ve done. Shame is feeling bad about who you are.” I was listening to a podcast when I heard this sentiment. I was floored. As someone who has struggled with shame for […]

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Free Youth Ministry Resources for the Canonization of Saint John Paul II

For many of us who work in youth ministry, Pope John Paul II was a shepherd and father like none other. His love and affection for young people led thousands to the faith. His devotion to the Eucharist and Mary showed us how to live in God’s love. His courage […]

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You Saved My Life: A Letter to My Youth Minister

I thank God every day, that I had all the wonderful people of Life Teen to show me God’s love personified in the world, because without you… I truly don’t know if I would be here today.

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Gimme Shelter: A Resource for Youth Groups

In hopes to provide a way to facilitate a discussion about this film, we’ve created a resource for you to use with your youth. The goal of this resource is to break down the themes of suffering, brokenness, and hope, as well as, help the youth see that God is always present even in the worst of circumstances.

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LifeTeen.com and CatholicYouthMinistry.com: Today and the Future

It’s been two and half months since our release of the new LifeTeen.com and CatholicYouthMinistry.com and I wanted to give you a heads up about where we’re at today and what the future looks like. Today: Phones are ringing off the hook One of the basic features on CatholicYouthMinistry.com is […]

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In the Clouds: Trusting our Pilot

We’ve all had moments when we’ve had to blindly trust our Lord. When our lives seemed to be in a cloud and we couldn’t even see our hand in front of our face. Those moments when we’ve wondered “why?” and we’ve wanted to give up. When we’ve doubted our pilot and His ability to know what is on the other side of that cloud.The next time your life seems to be turbulent and your pilot has just flown into a cloud with lightning in the distance, remember that He’s got this. That He knows where He’s taking you. Trust Him. Invite Him into your doubts. Into your Questions. Into your Emotions. Into your uncertainty.

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The 7 Essentials to Pack for a Youth Ministry Trip

It’s summer time and that means it’s time for the summer camp, conference and work camp experience! In all the hustle and bustle of getting ready for your parish’s annual trip, make sure you do not leave home without the following: Duck tape: If youth ministers had a utility belt, this would be in the […]

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Whether You Like It or Not, You Are ALWAYS Forming Disciples

Ever ridden on the back of a large ship and gazed at the wake it left in the sea? In many ways our ministry with young people is leaving a wake with large and small ripple effects. If we judge our ministry by the fruit it bears, the highest mark or waves we make for […]

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5 Tips for Starting a New Youth Ministry Job

Ôøº We’re coming up on that exciting time of year – new beginnings in youth ministry. Over the next few months, countless parishes around the country will be bringing on new youth ministers – some of them will have had experience, and others may not. Regardless, when youth ministers walk into parishes, we often make […]

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